The effects of pajama fabrics' water absorption properties on the stratum corneum under mildly cold conditions

Lei YAO, Yi LI, Mayur Danny Indulal GOHEL, Wai Yee Joanne CHUNG

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Abstract

Background: The interaction of textiles with the skin is a fertile area for research.
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of clothing fabric on the stratum corneum (SC) under mildly cold conditions.
Methods: A longitudinal controlled parallel study was designed to investigate the effects of the liquid/moisture absorption properties of pajama fabrics on the SC water content, transepidermal water loss, skin surface acidity (pH), and sebum.
Results: The hygroscopicity of pajama fabrics had significant associations with the SC water content and transepidermal water loss on the skin of the volunteers' backs. Sebum in the hydrophilic cotton group was slightly lower than in the polyester groups and hydrophobic cotton groups. Subjects felt warmer in the hydrophobic groups than in the hydrophilic groups. The hydrophilicity of the fabric also showed an association with overnight urinary free catecholamines.
Limitations: In this study, detailed components of sebum were not analyzed.
Conclusions: The hygroscopicity of the fabric may be a key factor influencing SC hydration during daily wear under mildly cold conditions. Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e29-e36
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Sebum
Cornea
Wettability
Water
Skin
Clothing
Polyesters
Textiles
Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
Catecholamines
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Citation

Yao, L., Li, Y., Gohel, M. D. I., & Chung, W. J. (2011). The effects of pajama fabrics' water absorption properties on the stratum corneum under mildly cold conditions. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 64(3), e29-e36. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.12.035

Keywords

  • Clothing fabric properties
  • Sensory response
  • Skin surface acidity
  • Stratum corneum hydration